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Culinary Medicine—Jalebi Adhesions

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Culinary terms have been used to describe anatomy (bean-shaped kidneys), pathology (strawberry gall bladder), clinical signs (café-au-lait spots), radiological images (sausage-shaped pancreas), etc. While Indian cuisine is popular all over the world, no Indian dish finds mention in medical terminology. In intra-abdominal adhesions, sometimes, the intestinal loops are so densely adherent that it is difficult to make out proximal from distal and it is impossible to separate them without injuring the bowel resulting in spill of contents—resection is the only option (Fig. 1). Jalebi, an Indian dessert, has a single long tubular strip of fried batter filled with sugary syrup so intertwined that it is impossible to discern its ends; if broken, the syrup spills out—the best way to relish it is to chew the whole piece (Fig. 2). Because of these similarities between them, I propose to name dense intra-abdominal adhesions as ‘jalebi adhesions.’

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Kapoor, V.K. Culinary Medicine—Jalebi Adhesions. Indian J Surg 78, 68–69 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12262-015-1404-7

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Keywords

  • Adhesions
  • Lysis
  • Obstruction
  • Resection